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December 2008
'Babes in the Wood' - Limelight Scripts

By Richard Wright- Friday, December 19th, 2008
(reproduced by kind permission of
the Isle of Wight County Press)

NURSIE the Dame stole the show in Cowes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s pantomime, Babes In The Wood.
Donning a Tina Turner-style pink wig, Wayne Child was fantastic in his role as Nursie, as he led the 50-strong cast in the story of how two babes, Rosie and Jim, were the innocent victims of an evil plot by the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Nursie’s outrageous outfits and constant humour kept the audience entertained throughout and Child didn’t disappoint in maintaining the popular tradition of the pantomime Dame.

Debutant Sam H. Robertson (Robin Hood) was tasked with saving the babes, played by youngsters Mia Harris (Rosie) and Willoughby Matthews (Jim), who both performed soundly.
Bob French was brilliant in his role as the Sheriff, stirring up the audience at every opportunity, who duly responded with a chorus of boos.

Hannah Brewer demonstrated her singing talent as Lady Marion, while Mike Whitwam was hilarious as the very camp Will Scarlett.
Grant Farley, who played Robin Hood’s trusted friend, Hayrick, linked well between the cast and the audience, who were always willing to partake in the usual pantomime banter.

Some of the group dances were superb, especially the monster sequence, which could have easily been mistaken for something from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.

A nursery scene was also cleverly worked into the script, as toddlers turned out in costume to perform in a routine which definitely had the cute factor.

The production team did a great job of switching the sets between Nottingham Castle, a school classroom and the village square, as well as a creepy Sherwood Forest.

The costumes were good, particularly as many of the cast members had several to wear, demonstrating that a lot of hard work went into this play, while the more-than-capable orchestra helped the show flow smoothly

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